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Pompeo Meets Mullah Baradar in Qatar

Pompeo meets Mullah Baradar in Qatar

DOHA – The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief of Taliban in Qatar, the Taliban group said. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the political office of Taliban in Qatar, said Mullah Baradar met with Pompeo in Doha, the capital of Qatar. …

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3 Killed in Badghis Roadside Mine Blast

3 Killed in Badghis roadside mine blast

QALA-E-NAU – At least three security forces were killed in a roadside mine blast in western Badghis province on Sunday evening, local officials said. The incident happened in Bala Murghab district of Badghis after a security forces humvee struck a roadside mine, according to officials. Roadside mines have been extensively …

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Afghan Forces to Resume Operations Against Taliban

Afghan forces to resume operations against Taliban

KABUL – Afghan government on Thursday ordered its troops to resume operations against the Taliban, citing the group’s continued high level of violence despite its deal with the United States. The government had stopped offensive against the Taliban with the start of a trial period of reduction in violence that …

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Taliban Reject Ghani’s Decree on Prisoners Release

Taliban Reject Ghani’s Decree on Prisoners Release

KABUL – Taliban do not accept a decree by Ashraf Ghani on the release of their prisoners, sources close to the group said on Thursday, two days after Ghani signed an order to conditionally pardon and release Taliban prisoners to open the door for intra-Afghan talks. According to the sources, …

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US Seeks Deal Between Abdullah and Ghani: Khalilzad

US Seeks Deal Between Abdullah and Ghani: Khalilzad

KABUL – US Special Envoy on Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad says his country is still trying to find a solution to the disagreements between Abdullah and Ghani. He warns that if disagreements between Ghani and Abdullah continues, the peace process may fail. Zalmay Khalilzad in an interview with Tolonews …

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UNSC Passes Resolution Supporting Afghan Peace Deal

UNSC Passes Resolution Supporting Afghan Peace Deal

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US-Taliban agreement, signed last month in Doha. “The resolution demonstrates that the international community supports our approach to security for the world from Afghanistan,” US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted. The resolution supported peace, unity and sovereignty …

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Ghani Signs Decree to Release Taliban Prisoners

Ghani Signs Decree to Release Taliban Prisoners

KABUL – Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks with the armed group to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. According to a copy of the two-page decree seen by Reuters news agency late on Tuesday night, all released Taliban prisoners …

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War Crimes Accused Prisoners Should Not Be Released: AIHRC

War Crimes Accused Prisoners Should not be Released AIHRC

KABUL – The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), referring to the Afghan government’s planned release of Taliban prisoners as a “confidence-building measure” ahead of intra-Afghan talks, said those Taliban inmates who are accused of being involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity should not be released from the …

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